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RIP: Odetta (1930 – 2008)

Another one gone. First Miriam Makeba. Now Odetta. It’s almost as if they waited for the election and then said, “It’s OK, now.” Odetta was 77 and her voice still powerful. It remains even more powerful in memory. This one has hit me hard.

Two contrasting clips. The first, a studio recording from 1957 of Midnight Special, the Leadbelly song she helped make famous. Vintage, classic Odetta. The second a lovely, bittersweet trio with Janis Ian and Phoebe Snow. Thanks to the posters on YouTube:


  1. #1 C. Corax
    December 4, 2008

    Thank you, r. I knew you’d have a post about Odetta. She was one of the greatest.

  2. #2 Lea
    December 4, 2008

    Oh revere, my heart weeps along with yours as I understand loss when losing a loved one. Hug, hug, hug …

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